RetroRevisited: Tecmo Super Bowl (NES)

Retrorevisited is a stream series where I revisit a game or a game series I haven’t played in over 10 or 20+ years. I’ll go through to try see what I remember until a game over or I run out of continues. In some cases muscle memory may slowly return, in others probably not. This is a chance for me to revisit games of my youth that I still have or had at one point, playing them with and without nostalgia goggles, and do with mini-reviews of them too. If I decide to play any fully later and do a full review, parts of the mini-review would be incorporated into it. Depending on the playstyle or system, games reviewed will either be mini-reviews or one about all games in this session.

Tecmo Super Bowl was released on the NES in 1991. It’s a suped up version of the classic Tecmo Bowl. Now with all NFL teams (at the time), all players on teams, and great graphics, gameplay and music! This game means a lot to me. I don’t play many sports games and to this day hate the Madden series. Tecmo Super Bowl you can pick up easily, play a game, and go right back to it later. Setting defensive and offensive plays, changing players are all options along with playing full seasons and playoffs. I used to play this a lot as a kid and a teen and was happy to get a new copy some years ago. What’s also great is there’s a hacking team that updates the teams and rosters yearly!

So for the Super Bowl for the 2019-2020 season I decided to give this game a run after so many years. Took me a little while to remember how the controls worked but I had a blast! I ran this stream after my 49ers choked the recent Super Bowl *cries*, and ran the original 1991 game, along with the recent roster hack for the 49ers and Chiefs, under a preseason matchup. Later decided to add this to the RetroRevisited banner.

So a review:
This game means a lot to me. You have all of the NFL teams (as of 1991), along with all the players. The graphics are clear and easy to see, and you get close-ups of big action scenes! Scoring a touchdown either by pass or running, field goals, catches and interceptions are depicted in the great cinema scenes that Tecmo is known for from the NES Ninja Giaden trilogy. The music is very catchy and gets you in the mood easily, especially the cheering and jeering music. You even get cinema scenes during halftime!

Game control is easy to figure out outside and in game. Choosing your defensive or offensive is easy, pushing the a or b button and a direction on the d-pad. In-game you can catch and throw the football, switch players and punch other players to knock them down and end a play. Game isn’t difficult at all, sometimes depending on your team and how good they were in 1991. Of course later in a season and the playoffs the difficulty ramps up to the Super Bowl as everyone is gunning for you.


Rating: 4.5 footballs out of 5!

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